Not Just On Purim: The Moon Dressed Up

Have you ever wonder why we see a human face or a rabbit’s image on the Moon?

There is a psychological explanation for it. This phenomenon is called Pareidolia, which in Greek means: “faulty image”.  It’s a cognitive bias of the brain, which makes us recognize familiar patterns pictures in unfamiliar objects, especially of a human face.

In the Chinese culture, it is common to ‘see’ a rabbit’s image on the Moon. Yutu, “Jade Rabbit”, is the name of the Chinese Moon rover.

We also envision a human face in other celestial bodies, such as the comet as seen from the European  spacecraft, Rosetta.

Happy Purim!


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